On the Verge:
Madness in the Psychoanalytic Encounter
Familial Patterns of Suicide
Jane Tillman, PhD
Discussant: James Ogilvie, PhD
October 5th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
IPTAR, 1651 Third Ave, suite 205
General: $125 includes 5 CE credits
Candidates: $25 includes 5 CE credits
9am – 9:30am: BREAKFAST
9:30am – 10:45 am: Dr. Jane Tillman (followed by audience Q&A).
This paper will discuss how a family history of suicide confers increased risk for suicide on surviving family members. While there is a genetic component to such heritability, other factors, including psychodynamic processes, contribute substantially to the increased risk. I will address the familial transmission of suicide from a psychoanalytic point of view, attending to a particular alteration in object relations for some suicide loss survivors. A summary of what is currently known about the range of experiences suicide loss survivors report will be reviewed, with attention to how certain responses may increase vulnerability to suicide attempts in some survivors. Clinical and biographical cases will be used to illustrate the effects of familial suicide on some suicide loss survivors.
10:45 – 11:00: COFFEE BREAK
11:00am – noon: Dr. James Ogilvie will discuss Dr. Tillman’s paper with special attention to its applicability to the life and work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who lost three siblings to suicide. Wittgenstein’s influence on Bion’s psychoanalytic thinking will also be considered as it relates to Bion’s approach to catastrophic loss.
noon – 12:30pm: Further remarks by Dr. Tillman and Dr. Ogilvie. Open to audience Q&A.
12:30pm – 2:00pm: LUNCH
2:00pm – 3:30pm: A clinical case will be presented with Dr. Tillman discussing the case.
3:30pm – 3:45pm: BREAK
3:45pm – 4:30pm: Further remarks by Dr. Tillman and discussion with Dr. Ogilvie and audience.
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, she has both a clinical and research interest in the area of suicide. Dr. Tillman has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Psychology. She has been the principal investigator on grant funded studies examining the effect of patient suicide on psychotherapists and on a study examining the states of mind preceding a near-lethal suicide attempt.
James Ogilvie, PhD is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is a co-founder and faculty member of the Contemplative Studies Project of New York and guest faculty at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Dr. Ogilvie maintains a private practice in Manhattan where he also leads study groups on Bion and on “Wittgenstein for Psychoanalysts.”
- Participants will be able to list responses that are specific to suicide loss survivors.
- Participants will be able to discuss psychodynamic aspects of some survivors of familial suicide
- Participants will be able to recognize how suicide loss survivor dynamics may enter the field of transference and countertransference in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
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(5) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements.
Many thanks from the IPTAR Program Committee: Jeanne Even (Chair), Susan Finkelstein, Anna Fishzon, Judy Ann Kaplan, Masha Mimran, Jamieson Webster, Brian Kloppenberg, Leslie Wells, Lynne Herbst.